Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Investigation into LAUSD iPad program, illegal dumping in LA, appointment to Riverside Board of Supervisors

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A federal grand jury is looking into the LAUSD's iPad program.

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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 3 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The LAUSD's iPad program is the subject of a grand jury investigation. That came to light after FBI agents seized 20 boxes of documents from the district. "I’m doing everything to put things in order in this district. And because there is an investigation doesn’t mean something is necessarily wrong," said Superintendent Ramon Cortines. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

At its first meeting, the new L.A. County Board of Supervisors removed the acting CEO, reports the Los Angeles Times. Acting CEO Brence Culp was replaced with Sachi Hamai, an executive officer to the board.

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Turnout in midterm election increases... a bit

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Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

Voters took to the polls at the First Methodist Church in Santa Monica to cast their vote in the 2014 mid-term election.

Turns out only one in three voters in Los Angeles County cast ballots last month - but that's better than one in four, which was the early turnout numbers reported by officials.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will certify results from the Nov. 4 midterm election Tuesday. The official numbers show 1,518,835 ballots were cast for a turnout of 33.4 percent. Prior to reviewing and counting all outstanding qualified ballots, turnout in Los Angeles County was estimated at 25.25 percent.

More than a third of the ballots came via vote-by-mail.

Statewide, turnout was at 42.2 percent, a significant drop from the prior state-wide record low for a midterm election of 50.6 percent in 2002.

Los Angeles County also hit a historic low in voter turnout. The previous low came in 2002, when 45 percent of voters cast a ballot, according to available election data from Los Angeles County.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Control of Ontario Airport, increasing state's minimum wage, a school bond in Orange County

L.A./Ontario International Airport

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Ontario airport officials say talks with Los Angeles World Airports have broken down. They want a sit down meeting with Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 2 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Commissioners with the Ontario International Airport Authority want to meet with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti over control of the Inland Empire airport, reports the Daily Bulletin. The call comes as negotiations between Ontario officials and Los Angeles World Airports have apparently collapsed. "They are flat out refusing to negotiate anymore," said the president of Ontario's airport authority.

A Los Angeles City Council committee will consider the legalization of street vending today, reports KPCC. "The public goes out to the street more often to find food. This critical mass is being created not only by the supply, but by the demand," said Councilman Jose Huizar.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Transition at the Board of Supervisors, City Hall's shrinking workforce, future of at-large elections

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Los Angeles County will get two new supervisors, a new sheriff and a new assessor today.

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Today is Monday, Dec. 1 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the police union's spokesman is out, questions over moving city elections and complaints from the state GOP.

The Los Angeles Times looks at the careers of Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina as they leave the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

The Press-Enterprise considers Jeff Stone's move from Temecula City Council to the Board of Supervisors to the state Senate. "I got into this because (I was) being angry that things weren’t being done in the city and then being angry that things weren’t being done right in the county and then being angry that things aren’t being done right in the state," he said.

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2 SoCal Democrats lose Assembly seats after close races

David Hadley, Assemblyman-elect

Hadley campaign

Republican businessman David Hadley narrowly beat incumbent Assemblyman Al Marutsuchi (D-Torrance) in the Nov. 4 general election.

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima)

Bocanegra assembly campaign

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) narrowly lost his seat to political newcomer Patty Lopez.

Patty Lopez

Lopez Campaign

Community activist Patty Lopez on the campaign trail for State Assembly in the San Fernando Valley.

SCA 5 Fallout

Equality California

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)


Two Democratic Assembly members seeking second terms have lost very close elections, according to final vote tallies in Los Angeles County.

Republican businessman David Hadley unseated Democratic Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi by 706 votes as the last batch of ballots was counted in the South Bay assembly race.

The two candidates raised a combined $2 million for their own campaigns, and independent committees spent about the same amount. One independent donor, billionaire physicist Charles T. Munger Jr., spent about $1.2 million dollars opposing Muratsuchi and supporting Hadley.

Hadley outpolled Muratsuchi in upscale parts of the 66th District, including the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Manhattan Beach and Torrance. Muratsuchi did better in Gardena, West Carson, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach, but not enough to win a second term.

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